“TEN DOLLAR TUESDAY”
$10 gets you in the gate, a free tech card to gets you down the track, basic prep test & tune, aimed at street cars but race cars welcomed. Track will be dragged and hand sprayed start line but no full tractor spray, street cars will not be pushed out of the groove with cones. Run as many times as you want, race your friends, kill your tires with epic burnouts, do basically whatever you want within reason as we have no curfew or noise ordinance.
Gates open and track hot at 6pm, track hot til at least 10pm, $10 for everyone except kids 12 & under free, snack bar will be hot and we’ll have VP racing fuels as well as nitrous fill available on site. Let’s give this a shot and see how it does…
Against the weather forecast odds and with plenty of moisture throughout the weekend we (Emerald Coast Dragway & Tri-County Grudgefest teams) decided to run with the event until we were physically unable to race and absolutely refused to call it off in advance. It all worked out and we were able to run the entire race throughout, although car count and spectator count suffered, the event went off without a hitch!
(PICTURED ABOVE) Tyler Lee Racing takes the win Saturday evening in the Top Outlaw (big tire) class. The much anticipated grudge race between Tyler Lee and Bobby Ducote went down “off the trailer” during time shots before eliminations got under way. Tyler Lee went for a wild ride down the no prep surface, at one point in time showing both of his doors back to the crowd cheering him on at the starting line and even threw a fire fireballs out of the collectors just before turning on the win light against Bobby Ducote, who was having issues with his fuel/air management system that nearly kept him from being able to compete that night at all. Once eliminations got under way, Tyler drew a first round bye meanwhile Bobby Ducote lined up against Cory Cox, Cory turns on the win light against Bobby while Tyler Lee takes his solo pass at full power to make sure he’s got enough for the finals against Cory. Tyler Lee over Cory Cox for the win in the finals in Top Outlaw. Bobby Ducote being the good sport that he is shakes both drivers hands and swears he’ll be back for vengeance once he gets his new combo ironed out!
Revered True Street competitor Jeremy Sparks with Sparks Motorsports manages to take home a win in the Small Tire class in his street legal/able Mustang powered by a twin turbo charged small block ford. A well deserved win for Sparks and his team as they just managed to get the car back together the morning of this race due to a broken flywheel which kept him from competing in last weeks South Coast Heads Up Series True Street class. Tough competition in the small tire class kept the fans on their feet, these cars hanging the front tires and fighting for traction down the no-prep surface definitely kept things interesting!
Joey Diotalevi for the win in the Daily Driver class with his 4 door Cadillac CTS-V against our biggest class of the evening with 12 cars in the field and all of them making the 19 mile cruise prior to the race to ensure their street worthiness. Although Joey’s car meets the rules of the daily driver class being street legal, functional A/C.. etc etc, don’t let it fool you that thing is a wolf in sheeps clothing with a Cadillac badge on it, 400+CI with a big nitrous shot spraying through the blower, putting power down through a TH400 swap with drag radials bolted on it, she is a bad hot rod!
As promised the family fun favorite Power Wheels class goes down the track following the 7pm drivers meeting with a total upset during eliminations, the reigning champ manages to put his car into the right wall on this slippery no-prep track, leaving room for a new champ to go home with the big trophy smiling from ear to ear. We look forward to running this class again in the future!
We’d like to thank all of you for supporting us this past weekend although the forecast was crap which definitely had an effect on attendance and look forward to seeing you this upcoming weekend for a HUGE Independence Day Weekend race! With Outlaw Pro Mods, a Jet Car lighting up the night sky, Sky Divers diving into our opening ceremonies and TONS of heads up racing action, we’re looking to pack the house and race well into the evening with non stop action until were left with one man/woman standing in each category! Going down Saturday, show up early for good parking!
Discovery Channels Street Outlaws star Bobby Ducote gave us a call earlier in the week regarding some testing after a converter update while he was in town visiting SunCoast so he could get ready for an upcoming No Prep Kings filming and it just so happened we had our (no prep / no time) Tri-County Grudgefest this weekend! One thing lead to another and him joining us for the race fell into place and him racing in the Top Outlaw class against the 850’s toughest hometown big tire competitors.
Bobby’s big tire car looks a lot like “lil legend” his renowned small block nitrous no time car but that’s where the differences stop. Unlike the lil legend, the big tire car packs a 565″ Hemi under hood fed by twin 98mm turbos and is rumored to make well north of 3000HP.
If you’ve been on social media in the past 24 hours and follow Bobby, you’ll find a video that he shared calling out a fella named Tyler Lee, those of you who have been to ECD recently likely know Tyler Lee and his bad to the bone 67 Chevy II. Bobby got word of Tyler’s domination of the previous Grudgefests, the fact that Tyler is #1 on our 850 Big Tire list as well as the reigning champion in our Door Slammer “No Mod” class and decided to aim right for him, calling him out on social media. While Tyler isn’t into the social media stuff it didnt take long for word to get to him and his response was “Tell him I’ll be at ECD on June 30th and July 7th as well as racing in OKC on July 21st, tell him to pick a date or pick them all and lets race!”
Join us Saturday June 30th when the gates open at 3PM to meet Bobby Ducote, grab a picture with him or even an autograph or two and watch the evenings racing action go down. Track goes “hot” at 5pm, drivers meeting in front of the staging lanes at 7PM, kids power wheels race will be first down the track followed up by our Top Outlaw, Small Tire and Daily Driver heads up racing categories. Pricing is $20 at the gate, kids 12 & under free as always, Mrs Sherry will have the grill ready to show up hungry and we’ve got you covered.
The Tri-County Grudgefest returns to ECD this weekend, leave the track prep and “pimp juice” at the house as this weekend will be water burnouts only on a non-prepped track! The MAIN EVENT… kids power wheel heads up grudge race will go down right after the drivers meeting… mean while we’ll have FAST big tire cars, FAST small tire cars and our new class for this event “daily driver” cars/trucks racing heads up no time on an instant green tree racing into the evening until we’re left with one man (lady?) standing in each class.
Friday night will be a standard prepped Friday Frenzy open test & tune open for all, stick around once the track goes “cold” Friday night we’ll be scraping the track clean to the transition and nothing more than a broom and air blower will go down it Saturday before we race!
Below is Tyler Lee, reigning “Top Outlaw” (big tire) back to back champ… If you’ve got what it takes to knock him off his throne, by all means, be our guest… gates open at 3PM Saturday!
Rumor on the street is “Chicken hawk” (pictured below) is coming back up this weekend from the Daytona FL area seeking revenge in the Small Tire class, Robert & his team are a class act and we look forward to seeing them up our way tearing up the 660′ this weekend!
Who’s going to take the gold home this time in our heads up power wheels grudge race? Find out just after the drivers meeting around sundown at 7PM! Every kids a winner but one of them will be taking home a bigger trophy than the rest…
Going down this Saturday at ECD, kids make sure your nitrous bottles are full, wheelie bars are adjusted and batteries are fully charged for the 2nd running of the Tri-County Grudge Fest’s heads up power wheels race!
This will be going down right after the drivers meeting and opening ceremonies with the kids drag racing with their backs to the sunset.
Every kid gets a trophy/medal, kids 12 & under get into the track free, no entry fee on the class, great fun to be had by all! Stick around and watch some heads up cars battle it out head to head into the evening.
All power wheels type cars welcome, big or small, fast or slow, even bring on the pedal powered cars if your kid thinks he can go the distance against the battery powered stuff!
Gates open at 3pm, track hot at 5pm for test hits, drivers meeting & opening ceremonies at 7PM with heads up Power Wheels race to follow shortly after. Kids 12 & under thru the gates free, adults are $20, stick around & enjoy the family friendly racing fun into the evening.